When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed this Valentine’s Day that they were expecting a second baby, it raised a host of questions for royal watchers—not least among them, whether the newest royal baby will hold the title of an HRH.
This query became even more salient after Harry and Meghan’s primetime interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which Meghan claimed that—contrary to the widely held belief that the Sussexes had chosen to forgo a title for their first born, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor—it was the Firm (the institution of the royal family) that hadn’t wanted Archie to have a title.
While the Duchess of Sussex was pregnant with Archie, “they were saying they didn’t want him to be a Prince or Princess, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security,” Meghan said. She added, “This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, hold on for a second.”
She explained that her primary concern was for her child’s security. “They said [he’s not going to get security], because he’s not going to be a Prince. Okay, well, he needs to be safe so we’re not saying don’t make him a Prince or Princess, but if you’re saying the title is what’s going to affect that protection, we haven’t created this monster machine around us in terms of clickbait and tabloid fodder you’ve allowed that to happen which means our son needs to be safe.”
As the rules are now, Archie was eligible to use Harry’s subsidiary title, the…